New Hampshire Photographer | 2016 Marine Corps Marathon – Washington, D.C.

New Hampshire Photographer | 2016 Marine Corps Marathon – Washington, D.C.

Today, as I sit here reflecting on Veteran’s Day, I thought it was only appropriate to write about an amazing experience that I just recently had the opportunity to be a part of.  On October 30th my good friend Kerry participated in the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.. 

Kerry had been sick for two weeks leading up to the Marathon but she pushed through to honor her family and friends who serve this great country. 

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“Team Lyons” flew down with her for the weekend to show our support and we made sure to be at multiple mile markers throughout the finish!  I teared up a number of times throughout the day not only because I was proud of my girl Kerry but seeing men and women run in honor of those who have served our country was truly overwhelming. 

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Throughout the day we saw runners pushing wheelchairs, guiding blind runners, and overall supporting perfect strangers all in honor of our Marines.  It was truly an amazing experience and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of it. 

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Congratulations to all of the finishers.  That hill at the end was INSANE!

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Thank you to Kerry for including me in this amazing event (even if it was just screaming my head off all day long) and a HUGE and heartfelt THANK YOU to the men and women who serve our country day in and day out!

Newfields NH Family Photographer | Vernon Family Farm

Newfields NH Family Photographer | Vernon Family Farm

This past Friday night, I was looking for a fun event to take my family to and thought I would check out Vernon Family Farm right here in Newfields, NH.  I have been following their Facebook page for a while now and a bunch of my friends had raved about how much fun it was so I loaded up the car and we headed to the monthly Fire and Ice event. 

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We had so much fun wandering around the farm, feeding the pigs, checking out the new baby chicks and going for a hay ride through the field.  The lower field is full of awesome hay bales that make for a fun frisbee golf disc course.  My little farmer, Reilly (pictured below), had a ball and didn’t want to leave.

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The music Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones was fantastic and the fire show by Jay Bono Fire and Flow amazed my kids.  The food by 3 Brothers Marketplace made with Vernon Family Farm chicken and veggies was so delicious!  AND their famous Farm Pops did not disappoint.

Save the Date for Fire and Ice, September 16th, Friday, 4pm-7pm at Vernon Family Farm It was truly a fun night for the whole family.  

Jeremiah and Nicole who are the owners of Vernon Family Farm have extended the offer for White Wave Photography to hold fall sessions at the farm.  If you are looking for a NH Family Photographer to capture your family this fall, please contact me today.  I would love to introduce you to this gem in the small town of Newfields, NH.

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Newfields NH Family Photographer | Vernon Family Farm

Portsmouth NH Photographer | Bat Mitzvah Celebration – Temple Israel

A Bat Mitzvah is not something that I had ever photographed before and wasn’t really sure what to expect when the Wizwer’s asked me to capture their daughter, Natalee’s special day.  When we met at their home for their consultation, Natalee had a very clear idea of how she wanted her day to be captured and I couldn’t believe how grown up she had gotten since we moved from next door 4 years ago.  Her “Spring Fairy Tale” themed party was going to be so much fun. 

We met at the Temple Israel the day before to capture some moments that would take place the next day at the actual Bat Mitzvah since photography is prohibited during the actual ceremony.

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Natalee’s grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins joined her immediate family in the “practice run” and Rabbi David Ross Senter was amazing!  He took the time to educate me on the ceremony and was even my “assistant” at times helping to pose the photos and even grabbing me a ladder at one point!

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Not being Jewish myself, I was cautious about “doing something wrong”.  This family and the Rabbi were amazing to work with and super helpful in explaining everything to me.  I was in awe of how beautiful the temple was and the Torah is not only bigger than I expected but gorgeous!

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The actual Bat Mitzvah was Saturday morning and the ceremonies continued at the Sheraton in Portsmouth.  Natalee had a vision of how the night would go and wanted to recreate a lot of the photos in her parents wedding album – Seth and Rachel had their reception at the Sheraton too.  I loved that she wanted a photo with all of her girlfriends on the staircase just like her mom did with her bridesmaids.

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The evening’s festivities started with the candle lighting ceremony where thirteen people/groups came up to light a candle in her honor. 

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The cake was gorgeous as were all of the other details of this celebration.  The candy centerpieces were by far my favorite!

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I would have to say that the Hora, which is a traditional round dance of Israel, was my favorite part of the night.  It really got the party started!

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Once dinner was served, Natalee and her friends were ready to hit the dance floor and the party was a BLAST!  Great dancing, lots of laughing and some really sweet moments.

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Natalee and her dad shared a special father/daughter dance and it was truly special to watch.  I could picture them dancing to the same song on her wedding day and I have to be honest, I shed a little tear.  These kids are all growing up way too fast (including my own)!

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The party continued into the night with glow sticks, balloon fights, funky glasses and sparkly hats.  Sound Dimension did a great job making sure that the dance floor was full all night long!  I even got out there with the girls to do a little twist.

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I had such an amazing time celebrating with this special little lady and would love to be a part of your next event.  If you are looking for a Portsmouth, NH Photographer to photograph your upcoming event contact me today!

NH Children’s Photographer | Newfields Elementary School Immigration Simulation

NH Children’s Photographer | Newfields Elementary School Immigration Simulation

As a NH Children’s Photographer, I often get asked to attend school functions and take pictures.  This year I was honored to attend the Immigration Simulation put on by the 3rd graders at Newfields Elementary School. Since January, these students have been studying the immigration of people in the 1800’s and 1900’s from Europe to America.  This simulation was a culmination of everything that they have learned.

The morning started with the students boarding the S.S. Liberty bound for Ellis Island in America.  They were broken up into first class passengers and those passengers in steerage.

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Steerage passengers kept occupied in the cramped quarters with card games, books and sewing.  Meanwhile, in first class, the passengers had snacks, water and were asked to participate in parties on the upper levels where there was enough room to walk around and stretch your legs.

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Once they arrived on Ellis Island, there was lots of waiting…and waiting…and waiting.  One of the students even said “I hate Ellis Island, it is so boring!”  Exactly, it was for all those immigrants coming to America.

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The students were each given a scenario of a ‘character’ that they would act out during the simulation.  Each student had to learn about where this person was from, why they were leaving and where they were going.  They did such a great job!  I was truly impressed by their knowledge and enthusiasm.  They all played their parts perfectly and did such a great job staying in character and acting VERY SERIOUS.

During the information and interview process, each child had to write out who they were and answer a series of questions about where they came from and why they were leaving.

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All baggage was checked and inspected while all students had to pass a medical evaluation.  It was quite funny to watch some of their reactions when they were sent to quarantine.

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The final stop was to passport where each students passport was stamped!

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With the help of many parent volunteers and staff members who worked so hard to put on this simulation, the students all made it to America and had a very successful Immigration Simulation.  I am looking forward to attending this great event each year and am excited to watch all three of my children go through this really fun day.

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When I dropped off the Custom DVD Slideshow that I made for the children, they were so excited and proud of themselves.  This is why I do what I do!  The excitement of the kids and their teachers when they see the final product makes it all worth it.  A huge thank you to Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Hager at Newfields Elementary School for inviting me into their classrooms for this fun day.

If you are looking for a NH Children’s Photographer to capture your children, I would love to chat with you.  Contact me today to learn more about capturing these sentimental moments in time.

Newfields Father/Daughter Dance – NH Children’s Photographer

Newfields Father/Daughter Dance – NH Children’s Photographer

I love little girls with bows, tutus and sparkly shoes!!!!  Saturday night’s Father/Daughter Dance at Newfields Elementary School did not disappoint.  These girls and their dads are so adorable.  This is my second year photographing the event and this year did not disappoint.  Over 100 guests danced the night away which was the biggest dance to date!

After the formal photos were done the girls AND their dads had a blast with the Valentines Day themed props.  Even some of our volunteers got in on the action!  It truly was a magical night.

We even had some party crashers!!!  A dad and his alumni daughter saw all the girls and popped in to crash the party and grab a quick photo.  I love living in this small town and look forward to watching this pretty little ladies grow up.

Do you have a dance coming up?  Contact me here to find out about our event packages.